Police have finally arrested and charged Ariel Castro with four counts of kidnapping and three counts of rape. For almost 10 years now, he had allegedly held three women and one young girl captive. The
A Quick Look into the Missing Women’s Lives
Although we do not know how the women were captured or what their lives were like for the 10 years they were in captivity, we are aware of the following:
- These women were missing from between 2002 and 2004
- The names of the women held captive by Castro are Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus, and Michelle Knight
- The three women were kept in separate rooms in Castro’s house
- During their captivity, the three women went outside the house only twice.
- According to Yahoo News, “Ms. Berry escaped from the house Monday evening with the help of neighbors who heard her yelling and kicking the door, and called 911.”
- According to Cleveland Police Chief Michael McGrath, “We have confirmation that they were bound, and that there were chains and ropes found in the home.”
Due to the nature of the crime and the ongoing criminal prosecution, Cleveland Police Deputy Chief, Ed Tomba, has not released details about what happened to the three women while they were under Castro’s control.
Thankfully the three women and the young girl were able to break free from Castro. My heart goes out to those families that are unable to reunite with missing family members.
What is Kidnapping?
Kidnapping is the intentional transportation or movement of a victim with the threat or use of force, or deception.
What is Rape?
Rape is a sex crime that involves the unlawful carnal knowledge of a woman by a man, not her husband, without consent. The slightest penetration completes the crime. A lack of consent by the victim can be enough to convict the perpetrator of rape. Some factors that help show a lack of consent are actual force used by the perpetrator against the victim and threatens to the victim with immediate bodily harm.
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